Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is a syndrome of one or more diseases brought on by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The virus works by attaching to the victim's immune system cells, replicating, and injecting its own genetic code into the cell. Thus, the immune system is weakened, eventually to the point where simple infections and diseases become life threatening. The only way a person can get this disease is either by; Exchanging body fluids with an infected person (i.e. Blood, semen, vaginal fluids) and getting it into their bloodstream or body. This can happen by using needles which have been infected, sexual intercourse with an infected member, or Other forms of exposed contact to infected materials/fluids. While there are many people who would say otherwise, the people who are in the highest risk group of getting AIDS are homosexual males and people with multiple sexual parters. The main reason with male homosexual intercourse is there may be accompanying tears and fissures in the lining of the anus, which maximizes the spread of the virus into the body. In fact according to reports done by researchers, 84-87 percent of all AIDS victims in the United States are homosexual men. While in other places in the world, such as Africa, there is an astonishing rate of infection, mainly due to the sexual promiscuity in some areas of the continent.
In the U.S. there are currently 3,600+ children under age 5 who have AIDS, most of whom have recieved it from being born of an infected mother.